How To Make Coffee with A French Press [and Espresso]

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

The French press is one of the most inexpensive coffee makers, and it is pretty versatile. People who like a stronger, and bolder cup, appreciate this coffee brewing method. Many times French press is compared to espresso, because of the ample body, and the strong aroma and flavor. Even if technically French pots cannot make real espresso, we can get a cup that resembles it. We just have to tweak the amount of water we use during brewing. We have a full French press brewing guide here, if you want to get into the fine details, and perfect your technique.

French Press Brewing Guide Infographic

How to Make Coffee with A French Press

  1. Grind Coffee
    For every 7 oz of water, use 8 g of coffee. That’s about a heaping tablespoon. Grind coffee beans coarsely for a clear coffee, or medium for an espresso body. If you want to get an espresso-like coffee, use half of the water with the same amount of beans.
  2. Warm Up Pot
    Brewing temperature drops fast in a cold French pot.
    Warm up your pot by filling it with hot water. Do that gradually so you don’t break the glass.
    This not only prevents getting a tepid coffee in the end, but it helps a proper extraction.
  3. Add Coffee Grounds
    Remove the hot water, and add the measured coffee grounds.
    Only remove the hot water when you are ready to brew. An empty pot will cool down faster.
  4. Pour Water
    Heat up water to 200 °F. The temperature range is actually between 194 and 200 °F. Lower temperatures will result in a more rounded taste.
    Pour some water over the grinds, just enough to cover the grounds. Stir vigorously to make sure all grinds are wet.
    When you made sure all grounds are saturated, pour the rest of the water and stir a couple more times.
  5. Seal Pot
    Press the plunger down to the water level, and close the lid. Make sure you turn the lid shut, so you seal it. Let it steep 3 – 5 min, according to your preference.
  6. Filter It
    After the 5 minutes, push the plunger all the way down, with a slow move. Press slowly, and don’t rush it up. If you press to hard, you’ll end up with silt and grounds in your coffee.
  7. Pour in Cups
    Pour in cups and serve immediately. Coffee is best served hot.
  8. Clean It
    Clean the pot by rinsing with warm water.

AeroPress vs French Press – Best Manual Brewing Method

AeroPress vs French press

AeroPress vs French press

A friend asked me to help him compare AeroPress versus French press. He wanted to buy a gift for someone, and he wasn’t quite getting what was the difference between the two. In fact, many people don’t get it. Both are manual brewing devices, and use steeping as the brewing technique, are they so much different? This is one of the most popular comparisons in the coffee lovers’ world, both with their own supporters and critics.

Coffee aficionados love to have perfect control over the brewing process, and this is why manual brewing is more and more popular.

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Sterling Pro French Press Review

Freshly Brewed French Press Coffee
SterlingPro French press coffee brewer
SterlingPro French press on Amazon

Sterling Pro French press is one of the best rated press pots on the market. Why is a great product? Because it solves many of the typical problems with other press pots, while staying at a low price. We are going to show here the qualities of the Sterling Pro and why it beats the competition.

Some of the problems that are typical in French press coffee such as the excess grinds in the coffee and its fragile brewing beaker have led some consumers to give up on French press brewing.

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Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker – Bodum vs Frieling vs Espro

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Best Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

The Best Stainless Steel French PressYou are looking for a stainless steel French press, and you want to know which one is the best. Not an easy task , because most of the brands on the market are pretty good. You will need some serious decision making to choose one. But that a good thing, isn’t it?

If you used a French press in the past you probably know all the flaws of a glass pot. Unhappy press pot customers complain about these:

  • The glass breaks with sudden temperature changes
  • The glass breaks if handled improperly, (it’s way too fragile)
  • The worst thing is that coffee gets cold too fast. 
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What Is a French Press Coffee Maker and How to Choose the Best French Pot

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Bodum French press Amazon

What Is a French Press Coffee Maker

The French press coffee maker is a simple coffee brewing machine designed by Attilio Calimani in 1929. The machine is also known as coffee plunger, coffee press, press pot, cafetière a piston or cafetière (UK). The simple coffee maker brews a surprisingly great coffee, which makes it the prefered brewing device of many coffee lovers. Despite the simplicity of the device, the possibilities of modifying your brew are endless. The taste of each brew is unique, and that’s why it appeals to so many people.

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